TCU came into the Alamo Bowl ranked No. 11, but a miracle comeback against No. 15 Oregon propelled the Frogs to No. 7 in the final poll, released on Tuesday.
While TCU started the year ranked second in the nation behind Ohio State, two losses and a litany of injuries doomed the Frogs’ playoff chances. It took a string of gritty wins at the end of the season to bring TCU back into the top-10.
The ranking marks the fifth top-10 finish in the last 6 years for the Frogs, the most of any Big 12 team in that time span.
Alabama, the College Football Playoff champion, garnered every first-place vote, while Clemson was a unanimous second-place.
Stanford and Ohio State, each winners of a “New Year’s Six” bowl, were 3rd and 4th, respectively.
TCU was the second-highest ranked team in their conference this year. Oklahoma, who lost to Clemson in the College Football Playoff, finished No. 5 in the final poll. Michigan State was just above the Frogs, at No. 6.
The Frogs were the top-ranked team in Texas for the second year in a row, after finishing No. 3 last year. The University of Houston, coming off of an upset win against Florida State in the Peach Bowl, finished at No. 8.
The Baylor Bears rose five spots to No. 13 after running over North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl. There were no other Texas teams ranked in the top-25.
Oklahoma State, once featured in the College Football Playoff top four, was the last Big 12 team ranked, at No. 20.
The Frogs also finished ranked No. 7 in the Coaches’ Poll.